sunny.png
Saturday October 23rd, 2021 11:27AM

Astros dismiss sign-stealing implications by Chisox pitcher

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

CHICAGO (AP) — The Houston Astros found themselves in familiar territory Monday, brushing aside comments by Chicago White Sox reliever Ryan Tepera after he implied they stole signs while winning the first two games of the AL Division Series in their ballpark.

“He can say what he wants to say,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “I had never even heard his name before we played the White Sox. I’m not bothered by it. Most of my life, they’ve been talking stuff on me anyway. Let them talk.”

Baker pointed out the Astros had similar offensive statistics at home and on the road, then offered some advice while mentioning he had listened to Eric Clapton that morning.

“He had a song, ‘Before You Accuse Me (Take a Look at Yourself),’” he said. ”That’s all I’ve got to say.”

The Astros were disciplined by Major League Baseball after it found the team used electronics to steal signs during their run to the 2017 World Series title and again in the 2018 season. It remains a sensitive subject, and Tepera shined another light on it with his comments after the White Sox won Game 3 Sunday to avoid a sweep.

Houston outscored the White Sox 15-5 in winning the first two games at home. Chicago averted a sweep with a 12-6 win on Sunday night.

The Astros lead the best-of-five series 2-1. Game 4 got postponed Monday because of forecast rain, and the teams are set to play Tuesday.

Carlos Rodón is scheduled to start for Chicago, with Game 1 starter Lance Lynn available out of the bullpen. Manager Tony La Russa said Lynn or Lucas Giolito would start a potential Game 5 Wednesday at Houston depending on how things go on Tuesday.

The Astros opted to go with Lance McCullers Jr., hoping he can close out the series after delivering a dominant start Thursday in the opener. José Urquidy was set to pitch on Monday.

But much of the talk in the wake of Game 3 centered on Tepera’s comments. And Houston third baseman Alex Bregman shrugged them off.

“It’s all good,” he said. “We’re focused on winning games. That’s it.”

The Astros put themselves in position to sweep after two impressive victories at Minute Maid Park. But they whiffed 16 times in Game 3 at Guaranteed Rate Field after striking out a combined 16 times in the first two games.

Tepera, who threw two perfect innings, noted the difference following the game.

“Yeah. It is what it is,” he said. “They’ve obviously had a reputation of doing some sketchy stuff over there,” he said. “It’s just, we can say that it’s a little bit of a difference. I think you saw the swings and misses tonight compared to, you know, the first two games at Minute Maid. But that’s not really the story, you know? We come here to play. We’re going to compete. We’re not going to worry about what they’re going to do.

“All we have to do is execute pitches and they can’t hit them anyways," he said.

La Russa said he was aware of Tepera’s remarks, but hadn’t read them.

“This is America, and players on our side can say what they want to,” he said. “I think that they’re a very good team and they’re tough to beat. That’s what I think.”

MLB’s investigation found Houston used a video feed from a center-field camera to see and decode the opposing catcher’s signs during home games. Players banged on a trash can to signal to batters what was coming, believing it would improve the their odds of getting a hit.

Manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were suspended and fired in the fallout, but no players were punished after Commissioner Rob Manfred granted them immunity as part of the league’s investigation.

Suspicions linger, though. And players who were around back then still hear it from the crowd when they go on the road.

White Sox fans chanted “Cheater! Cheater!” when Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa and Bregman batted on Monday.

“They’ll probably have to deal with it forever, really, because people don’t forget,” said Baker, in his second season with Houston. “They pass along information seemingly from one generation to the next. This is just something, I feel badly, but this is something we have to deal with.”

Sign stealing is a legal and time-honored part of baseball as long as it is done with the naked eye — by a baserunner standing on second, for example. Using technology is prohibited.

La Russa said he suggested a “novel” approach to combating sign stealing when he worked in the league office. And he “could see why they ignored it.”

His idea? Have runners on second base face center field until the umpire tells them to turn around.

“Some teams do it legally. They invest a lot of (time) trying to see what the signs are, figure out what the sequences are. I think it’d put an end to it, and it’s pretty simple,” La Russa said, laughing.

___

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Baseball , AP Sports - Major League Baseball
© Copyright 2021 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Astros dismiss sign-stealing implications by Chisox pitcher
The Houston Astros have found themselves in familiar territory, brushing aside comments by Chicago White Sox reliever Ryan Tepera after he implied they stole signs while winning the first two games of the AL Division Series in their ballpark
3:03PM ( 5 minutes ago )
Southwest cancels hundreds more flights, denies sickout
Southwest Airlines has canceled hundreds more flights following a weekend of major service disruptions that it blamed on bad weather and air traffic control issues
3:02PM ( 6 minutes ago )
Stocks edge lower as Wall Street prepares for earnings
Stocks edged lower in afternoon trading on Wall Street Monday as communications companies and banks broadly fell
2:47PM ( 20 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Miami says D'Eriq King needs season-ending shoulder surgery
Miami quarterback D’Eriq King needs surgery to repair his right shoulder and will miss the remainder of the season
1:49PM ( 1 hour ago )
Still building home-field advantage, US stumbles on road
A 1-0 loss to Panama again highlighted the United States' disadvantage on the road in Central America and put pressure on the Americans to win at home against Costa Rica on Wednesday in Columbus, Ohio
1:16PM ( 1 hour ago )
Game 4 of Astros-White Sox ALDS ppd because of forecast
Game 4 of the AL Division Series between the Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox has been postponed because of rain in the forecast
12:35PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Sports
White Sox reliever implies Astros may be stealing signs
White Sox reliever Ryan Tepera implied that Houston may have been stealing signs in Games 1 and 2 of their AL Division Series after Chicago won the third game Sunday night
2:16AM ( 12 hours ago )
García, Grandal shine as White Sox beat Astros 12-6 in ALDS
Leury García and Yasmani Grandal homered, and Grandal’s borderline baserunning helped the Chicago White Sox top the Houston Astros 12-6 to stay alive in their AL Division Series
1:23AM ( 13 hours ago )
Ground Rule Trouble: Red Sox bounce Rays in 13 on odd call
The Boston Red Sox were saved by a lucky bounce that cost Tampa Bay a certain run and maybe more in Game 3 of the AL Division Series
12:30AM ( 14 hours ago )
AP Online Baseball
Astros try to sweep White Sox as ALDS shifts to Chicago
The Houston Astros will try to sweep the White Sox when their AL Division Series shifts to Chicago for Game 3 on Sunday
7:06PM ( 1 day ago )
White Sox to start Cease vs Astros, aim to avoid ALDS sweep
The Chicago White Sox will start Dylan Cease in Game 3 of their AL Division Series against the Houston Astros on Sunday, hoping he can help the AL Central champions avoid a sweep
4:17PM ( 1 day ago )
Masterful Webb pitches Giants past Dodgers in playoff opener
Logan Webb struck out 10 pitching masterfully in his postseason debut, Buster Posey hit a two-run homer that held up, and the 107-win San Francisco Giants blanked the defending World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0 in the opener of their NL Division Series
1:26AM ( 2 days ago )
AP Sports - Major League Baseball
Southwest cancels hundreds more flights, denies sickout
Southwest Airlines has canceled hundreds more flights following a weekend of major service disruptions that it blamed on bad weather and air traffic control issues
2:53PM ( 14 minutes ago )
Stocks edge lower as Wall Street prepares for earnings
Stocks edged lower in afternoon trading on Wall Street Monday as communications companies and banks broadly fell
2:47PM ( 20 minutes ago )
California's 'Surf City USA' beach reopens after oil spill
A popular Southern California beach that was closed for more than a week after an undersea pipeline leaked crude into ocean waters has reopened and far sooner than many expected
2:39PM ( 28 minutes ago )
Murano glassblowing model shattered by methane price surge
The Italian glassblowers of Murano have survived plagues and pandemics
2:35PM ( 32 minutes ago )
Partial results show pro-Iran groups losing Iraq election
Preliminary results in Iraq's elections show an alliance of pro-Iran candidates emerging as the biggest loser in the country's national elections
2:18PM ( 49 minutes ago )